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Is the Chinese government tracking Pastafarian students?

Published December 11th, 2019 by Bobby Henderson

We heard a rumor that the Chinese Communist Party asked schools to report Pastafarian students. That’s very disturbing if true … If anyone has more information about this could you let us now? Thank you

Here’s what was reported in detail … looking for more info

Update —

It sounds like it may have been a misunderstanding. We’re hearing that schools are aware of the Pastafarian students but the students don’t feel too alarmed. Let’s hope it stays that way. Thanks for all of the messages.

Will the Courts Put a Stop to Our Shenanigans?

Published December 1st, 2019 by Bobby Henderson

A Vox article made the rounds a few months ago suggesting the US Supreme Court may eventually squash our efforts at what Vox described essentially as Trollish Activism — the thing we’ve done for 10+ years, where, when government opens the door a bit to religion, we walk in (dressed in Full Pirate Regalia) demanding equal treatment. [See: Man Gives Pastafarian Invocation to Assembly Meeting , Spaghetti Monster Statue Displayed at Tennessee Courthouse , Town Council Member Sworn in Wearing Colander, …] From Vox:

“The question, however, is whether the courts — including a Supreme Court that has sometimes been very unsympathetic to minority religions — will allow these tactics to continue. Eventually, it is likely that a state or local government that’s targeted by Pastafarians or Satanists will bring a case all the way to the justices. And the Court’s current majority could be sympathetic to such a government.”

Have the courts had enough of our antics, and will they try to stop us by declaring us a definitely-not-legitimate religion? I don’t know. But in light of recent news (below), I’d like to share a few thoughts on the Church of FSM’s ongoing struggle for Official recognition and how that sometimes clashes with authority.

The Austrian courts rejected us :(

We’ve just heard that the Austrian courts ruled Pastafarianism will not be included in their list of Official state religions. This has been in the courts for years and, to be clear, the fight is not over — Pastafarians will appeal this decision with the European Court of Human Rights. But it was a disappointing result for Pastafarians everywhere. From the Austrian Pastafarian’s press release (translated from it’s original German):

The Federal Administrative Court has unequivocally established the existence of a religion, but withdrew in its dismissive recognition to the view that there was no sufficiently ” organized community ” of the more than 300 accredited members. Also “The essentially daily consumption of pasta and the ‘transcending’ of beer – due to the lack of specific religious references – did not constitute a rite. ” 

Essentially the court said the Church of FSM is not legit because our community is too small, we meet online rather than in person, and when we do get together we’re drinking beer and eating Pasta. The Austrian Pastafarians in their press release point out the hypocrisy in that statment, considering Christians get together to ingest wine and wafers.

The fact that the consumption of dough flakes and alcoholic beverages in other religions is assessed as a rite without any problems, but that no “religious reference points” could be identified in the Pastafarian Transubstantiation, can be classified as authority arbitrariness in addition to several criticisms of the judgment of the Federal Administrative Court. 

It’s not legitimate communion unless you can buy it in bulk.

But I wonder … if we had more in-person meetups, and if our communion looked (more) like what is recognized as a rite by the Christians – would the Austrian courts have viewed us as a legitimate religious group? I doubt it — it always feels the reasoning comes after the decision to exclude us.

Does winning matter?

As long as we don’t get discouraged, I’m not sure the losses matter much in the long run. This is public news, and each time an authority decrees that we’re not part of the Legit Religion Club, because of Reasons, there are a whole bunch of people who see that and think, wait, that’s bullshit, and our membership grows.

It’s true we’re not all True-Believers here. But as a group, I feel we are uncommonly sensitive to hypocrisy and injustice, and when we get discriminated against for what feels like arbitrary and capricious reasons, a lot of otherwise-casual Pastafarians are compelled to care more about our “fake” religion. That is, the very act of discrimination pushes our organization towards what can only be seen as legitimacy, in the long run.

The truth is, the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, in it’s most recent form[1], would not have lasted long without the continued insistence by authorities that ours is not a legitimate religion, that other groups can believe supernatural nonsense and sometimes be allowed extra privileges by government and institutions, but not our group — because 1, our supernatural nonsense sounds too out-there and 2, that maybe we don’t believe in that out-there supernatural nonsense enough for them to consider ours a legitimate religion.

Now, ten-plus years on, we have members – and practicing ministers – all over the world. We’re getting more organized and in every way more of a substantive real-world organization.

Where do we go from here?

My hope is that as we grow and become more organized, we don’t lose what made our group special. My favorite thing is to see a Pastafarian in the news doing something obnoxious and clever. If I had no idea it was coming beforehand, so much the better. I hope we never lose that spirit.

So far we’ve been able to avoid a lot of the problems of mainstream religion, I’d guess a lot of that is because we don’t fundraise, and don’t collect dues. I would like for us to find a way to build more physical churches, and put on more real-world activies and especially outreach to our communities. And, it would be nice to one day get the Pirate Ship and float around converting heathens and so forth. Maybe we’ll find a rich benefactor or someone will include the church in their will. F the relatives, put it all towards a pirate ship.

I would love to hear thoughts on the future of the church and thoughts about official recognition.

Footnotes

  1. The Church of the Flying Spaghetti monster has existed for thousands of years in secrecy, only recently coming back into the mainstream.

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I changed the domain name

Published December 1st, 2019 by Bobby Henderson

I changed the old domain to a more recent one. All links to our old domain Venganza.org will still work but they’ll now be loaded from SpaghettiMonster.org . It’s still us, just maybe less confusing to people.

By the way, the original domain, Venganza, came from what I envisioned our Pirate Ship would be named.

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Austin-area Pastafarians needed for Russian travel show

Published October 9th, 2019 by Bobby Henderson

I received a message from a Russian travel show asking for local Pastafarians to take part in an episode on their upcoming visit to Austin: October 17, 18, 19.

I imagine they’re hoping to find a Pastafarian or two who will dress in pirate regalia and act very serious about our religion.   Here’s a bit about the show:

I represent the biggest Russian, Ukrainian and CIS and one of the most successful and popular travel show in the world “Heads and Tails”. The show is about two ways of enjoying the weekend in the city – luxury and backpacking. Our hosts flip a coin in each city they visit. One gets to spend two days with only $100, another – with “unlimited” budget.

Please let me know if you want to be part of this.  There’s not a lot of time so please get back to me ASAP if you’re interested.  This could be a great opportunity to evangelize.

New Symbols

Published October 1st, 2019 by Bobby Henderson

I reached out to some of our artist friends and asked them to refresh our Pastafarian symbols.

What do you guys think of these concepts?

Our friend Niklas Jansson made these:

Bomba made these:

Which symbols in particular could you see surviving for hundreds of years?

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NZ Census reports there’s more than 4000 Pastafarians registered

Published September 24th, 2019 by Bobby Henderson


[Via NZ Herald – this is the Destiny Church, a controversial fundamentalist group]

The most recent NZ Stats Census found over 4000 Pastafarians in New Zealand.  The NZ Herald notes that is three times the number of reported Destiny Church members (that’s a local fringe fundamentalist Church in NZ).  [here’s the full article]

I’m glad to hear the Church is going strong in NZ.   I lived there during college for a bit and was impressed, it doesn’t surprise me that the NZ people and its government have been so accepting of Pastafarians.

Checking the Minister registry, I see that we have over 250 Ordained Pastafarian Ministers operating in NZ.  [You can get Ordained here]

Here’s a map of our ministers (locations jostled a bit for anonymity). I’m working on a way for ministers to connect with one another. I suspect that many ministers are not aware of nearby Pastafarian people.

 

 

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Alaska Assembly Meeting Invocation Stuns Crowd

Published September 19th, 2019 by Bobby Henderson


September 18, Anchorage Daily News

“I’m called to invoke the power of the true inebriated creator of the universe, the drunken tolerator of the all lesser and more recent gods, and maintainer of gravity here on earth. May the great Flying Spaghetti Monster rouse himself from his stupor and let his noodly appendages ground each assembly member in their seats.” — Fletcher

Concerned citizen Barrett Fletcher gave an invocation before the Borough Assembly meeting at Kenai Peninsula, representing the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The Anchorage Daily News suggests the invocation was so powerful that onlookers were stunned into a stupor, unable to stand:

“The only people who stood for the invocation were those without seats in the standing-room-only assembly hall in Homer, which is about 125 miles south of Anchorage. One man turned his back to face the wall during the invocation, and other men did not remove their hats.”

You can read more about it here at the Achorage Daily News. There’s a video also.

Big thanks to Mr. Fletcher for representing the Pastafarians in their turn giving the before-meeting invocation. It is unclear why the Assembly members felt the need to invite religion into government affairs, but we appreciate the opportunity to share our faith with the unenlightened.

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I, Pastafari Screenings coming in October

Published September 19th, 2019 by Bobby Henderson


There’s screenings of the Flying Spaghetti Monster documentary I, Pastafari coming up soon in a few areas. I’m hoping lots of us can come and give support to the project and to the documentarian Mike Arthur – he put in a tremendous amount of work and the film came out great.

Everyone is welcome. Dressing in Full Pirate Regalia and/or Colanders is not required (but as always is encouraged).

The screening details:

NASHVILLE, TN — OCT 5 and 6

WORLD PREMIER @ NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL (2 screenings)
2:00pm Saturday October 5th, 2019
10:00am Sunday October 6th, 2019
Regal Hollywood Theaters: 719 Thompson Lane, Nashville, TN

You can get Tickets here.

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CLEVELAND, OH — OCT 6

MIDWEST PREMIER @ CHAGRIN FALLS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
11:00am Sunday October 6th, 2019
Chagrin Falls Township Hall: 21 W Washington St, Chagrin Falls, OH

You can get Tickets here.

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Bend, Oregon – October 11 and 12

WEST COAST PREMIER @ BEND FILM FESTIVAL (2 screenings)
8:30pm Friday October 11th, 2019 @ Mcmenamins
10:00am Saturday October 12th, 2019 @ Regal Old Mill

You can get Tickets here.

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The Guardian just did a story on the documentary and gave it good reviews, you can read about it here.

Please help us spread the word about the screening, and thanks in advance if you’re able to come. Please let me know if you have questions or anything.

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Greetings from the Trinidad and Tobago Church of the FSM

Published August 15th, 2019 by Bobby Henderson

I was pleased to receive this postcard from the Trinidad and Tobago Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Wonderful.

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Help us get the word out about I, Pastafari

Published May 2nd, 2019 by Bobby Henderson

Hey everyone, we need your help to get the word out about I, Pastafari: A Flying Spaghetti Monster Story.

Filmmaker Mike Arthur did a great job – he captured the true spirit of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Pastafarian heroes Bruder Spaghettus and Niko Alm are both featured, making the case for freedom of religion and equal treatment under the law. The documentary also shows some of the ongoing court battles we’re involved in. I was impressed with the scope of it, and I want to help Mike get this film seen by the world.

Specifically we need help with two things:

1) Getting the documentary admitted into festivals

2) Finding a distributor

What we need you to do is:

Make a post/tweet on May 2 (International Scurvy Awareness Day) sharing the trailer of the film, with the tags of the film festival’s social media.

That’s the idea. We help get the word out on May 2, the film gets admitted into festivals, it finds a distributor, and the world is able to see what Pastafarianism is all about.

Below is Mike’s detailed instructions / explanation. Please let me or Mike know if you have questions and so forth. Thanks everyone. – bobby

Calling all Pastafarians!

Our God doesn’t require sacrifices, but will you sacrifice 1 minute of your time for an indie Pastafarian filmmaker on the holiest of Pastafarian holidays – International Scurvy Awareness Day?

On May 2nd, 2019 (no need to share anything before that specific date), help the trailer of I, PASTAFARI get in front of a few key documentary film festivals (IDFA, DOK Leipzig, & DOC NYC) by sharing it on Facebook & Twitter (links below) and tagging the festivals social media handle, to show these festival directors that there IS a hunger for this real life pasta story. The more posts/tweets they see, the more likely they will give this film serious consideration to screen at their festival. If hundreds of pastafarians do it together on the same day (May 2nd, anytime), it will be hard for any festival director to ignore.

For example….

*FACEBOOK*

Step 1) First go to the FACEBOOK Trailer here: bit.ly/2I7Npsq

Step 2) Click “SHARE”

Step 3) Add this message…

@DOCNYCfest @idfa.nl @DOKLeipzig please select @ipastafaridoc for your 2019 festival! #FSM #FlyingSpaghettiMonster #Pastafarian

*TWITTER*

Step 1) First go to the TWITTER Trailer here: twitter.com/ipastafaridoc/status/1094578270471966720

Step 2) Retweet it with the below message…

@DOCNYCfest @idfa @DOK_Leipzig please select @ipastafaridoc for your 2019 festival! #FSM #FlyingSpaghettiMonster #Pastafarian

If sharing/retweeting is giving you issues, you can always just compose your own post/tweet and add the Vimeo trailer here:

vimeo.com/279827959
Just be sure to tag the festival’s social media handle!

R’Amen
Mike
Filmmaker
I, Pastafari Documentary
www.ipastafaridoc.com

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